Farm and rural land workshops / classes    

Canning Autumn Applesauce
Saturday, September 20, 2014
9:00 am to Noon
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Kick off the official start of autumn by learning how to can applesauce using local apples! According to the NYS Apple Growers Association, ample summer sun and the right amount of rain make this year's apples large and juicy, with high levels of natural fruit sugars. Take advantage of this year's abundant apple harvest by making and canning applesauce. It can be used now or for your upcoming holiday meals. Join Hope Galens, Local Food Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County in this hands-on class which is suitable for all levels of canning knowledge. Participants will each leave with a pint of freshly canned applesauce.

Space is limited to 10, so sign up early!
Class Fee: $15.00/person
Pre-registration is requested by September 17, 2014 by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County at 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, and phone number.

Margin Protection Program Workshop for Local Dairy Producers Webinar
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
10:00 am or 1:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Purpose of the meeting is to assist dairy producers in understanding the new Risk Management program administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA).
Producers will have the opportunity to participate in a live webinar with nationally renowned milk marketing expert, Dr. Andrew Novakovic, from Cornell University. He has been part of a National Program on Dairy Markets and Policy Team developing materials to assist farmers in understanding this new program and aid them in deciding how to participate.

Also you can contact the local Ontario County FSA office at 585-394-0525 x 2, if you would like further details on this workshop. Below is a list of evening meetings on September 23, if one of the above times are not convenient for you. If you are not able to make the workshop, contact the FSA office to make an appointment to discuss the MPP.

To register for the Canandaigua workshop email Nancy with your name, address, and phone number or call 585-394-3977 x 427.

To register for 7:00 pm workshop being held at CCE Seneca County, 308 Main Street Shop Centre, Waterloo, NY OR CCE Wayne County, 1581 Rt. 88 North, Newark, NY; email Cathy with your name, address, and phone number or call 585-343-3040 x 138.

Maple Confection I Workshop
Saturday, September 27, 2014
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

This Maple Confection Workshop I is sponsored by the Western NY Maple Producers. This workshop will be conducted by Stephen Childs, New York State Maple Specialist. The workshop will feature training and hands-on experience in making maple confections, in particular maple sugar, maple cream, molded maple sugar and crystal coating, and is the first in a series of two confections workshops available for participants.

The participants will be trained in using the diabetic glucose meter to measure invert sugar in maple, how to properly blend syrups to a desired level of invert sugar and the factors that control crystal size in maple confections.

Introduction to Maple Value Added Project & Manual
Sampling and Evaluating Maple Confections
Basics of Maple Syrup-building block of confections
Invert Sugar-what is it, measuring it, using it
Crystallization: the Key to all Confections
Preparing syrups for maple sugar and cream activity

Molded Maple Sugar Making & Crystal Coating Exercise
Boiling Temperature, Water Activity & Accuracy
Granulated Maple Sugar Exercise
Using Maple Cream and Sugar in other value added products
Pricing & Marketing Maple value added products
Maple Cream exercise

Class size is limited and participation will be based on first come, first serve.

This workshop will be suitable for very experienced as well as novice confection-makers. Each farm will need to bring one quart of syrup to be used in the program.

Cost: $50.00 per farm, up to two people, includes refreshments, lunch, and New York State Maple Confection notebook. Additional members from a farm can register for $10.00 per person.
Appropriate tools for measuring quality of maple syrup will be available for purchase at the workshop.

The registration deadline is September 18, 2014. To register email Nancy with your name, address, and phone number or call 585-394-3977 x 427.

2014 Cornell Sheep and Goat Symposium
Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4, 2014
Hands-on Activities: Friday|1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cornell Sheep Farm, Harford, NY
Saturday| 7:45 am - 5:30 pm
Morrison Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

The 2014 Cornell Sheep & Goat Symposium will be held on Friday and Saturday 3 and 4 October. The hands-on activities Friday will start with a tour of the Cornell Sheep Farm and explanation of ongoing research and management. The Saturday sessions will be in Morrison Hall on the Cornell Campus, Ithaca, NY. Dr. Dave Thomas from the University of Wisconsin, Madison will give the opening talk on sheep dairying in North America. He will also give a later talk on dairy sheep research at the Univ. of Wisconsin.

Other topics include:
• Creating a Fibershed for New York – Helen Trejo, Graduate Student, Cornell Apparel & Design

• Integrative Parasite Management – Katherine Petersson, Associate Professor, University of Rhode Island; Anne Zajac, D.V.M., Virginia/Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech; Dwight Bowman, Professor, Cornell University; Jan Liotta, Cornell University; tatiana Stanton and Mike Thonney, Cornell University

• Expanding your grazing capacity – Don Wild, Wild Acres Family Farm/King’s AgriSeeds, past NRCS grazing specialist and Ben Wood, Pinecroft Farms LLC.

• Setting up a herd or flock management program and how your veterinarian can help – Professor Mary Smith, D.V.M., Cornell University.

• Control of coyote depredation in NY – Martin Lowney, USDA APHIS Wildlife Services.

• Keys to successful goat dairy management - Rene’ DeLeeuw, Farm Manager, Ayers Brook Goat Dairy, Vermont Creamery Demonstration Dairy.

• Genotypes of Cornell Dorset and Finnsheep compared with commercial Romneys for the ability to lamb out of season – Christian Posbergh, Undergraduate Honors Student, Cornell University.

• Managing pastures for organic goat & sheep production – Jim Kotcon, Associate Professor, West Virginia University.

• Biology of maternal behavior at lambing time – Natasha Pettifor, PhD Candidate, Cornell University.

A detailed announcement is available.

Please click on 2014 Cornell Sheep & Goat Symposium for additional information and to register.

Cornell Small Fruit Open House
Friday, October 3, 2014
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Cornell Orchards
Ithaca, NY

Cornell University’s School of Integrated Plant Science (SIPS) Horticulture Section is sponsoring a small fruit open house from 12:45 to 4:30 pm on Friday, October 3, 2014.

The two-part program, hosted by Dr. Marvin Pritts, professor and berry crop specialist, will include researchers, extension specialists and graduate students from SIPS Horticulture and Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Sections, Cornell Departments of Entomology and Natural Resources, and the Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Team.

The program will begin at 1:00 pm. Participants should meet at Cornell Orchard, 709 Dryden Road (Route 366), Ithaca, NY 14850 between 12:30 pm to 12:45 pm for parking, check-in, and announcements.

Part one of the program will be held at Cornell Orchard, located on Route 366 in Ithaca across from the Vet School parking lot.

Program Part 1: Cornell Orchard 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
• Low tunnel day neutral strawberries – production and plastic types
Marvin Pritts and Cathy Heidenreich
• Low tunnel day neutral strawberries - SWD exclusion netting
Marvin Pritts and Cathy Heidenreich
• Cranberries
Justine Vanden Heuvel
• Bird damage management in fruit crops
Heidi Henrichs and Paul Curtis
• Biopesticides and small fruit disease management: efficacy and production fit
Kerik Cox
• Update of eastern NY berry field research
Laura McDermott

Program Part 2: East Ithaca Farm 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

• Spotted wing drosophila
Juliet Carroll
• The role of attractive and deterrent odors in novel control methods for SWD
Anna Wallingford
• Use of wildflower plantings to enhance pollination in strawberry
Heather Connelly
• Berry variety question and answer
Courtney Weber
• Strawberry soil health: the effect of soil amendments
Maria Gannett
• Trellising systems for high tunnel blackberries
Marvin Pritts

A refreshment break will be provided between program sessions. The open house will be held rain or shine; umbrellas and/or lawn chairs may be desirable.

The open house is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required to ensure adequate transportation, handouts, and refreshments.
Signs will be posted on the day of the event. Please register by e-mail by contacting Cathy Heidenreich or by phone at 315-787-2367 no later than Friday, September 26, 2014.

2014 Cornell Landscape Webinar Series: Turfgrass Selection for the Landscape Professional
Life's a Beech: Bleeding Canker and its Control on European Beech

Thursday, October 16, 2014
4:45 pm - 7:15 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County
Rochester, NY 14620

NYDEC pesticide recertification: 2 credits in categories 3a, 10 & 25 as well as 1 credit in 3b. Details pending on credits from CNLP, LA, and ISA.

Turfgrass Selection for the Landscape Professional
Victoria Wallace an Extension Educator in Sustainable Turf & Landscape at UConn Extension will discuss turfgrass selection as is an important strategy to reduce plant stress, pest pressure and ultimately decrease pesticide use. Selecting the proper turfgrasses for landscape mixtures use can be challenging. It is essential to understand the differences that exist between the turfgrass species and the strengths of each species. This presentation will discuss key characteristics of popular cool season turfgrasses and appropriate cultural management practices needed to enhance and maximize turfgrass performance; reduce stress and pest pressure; and ultimately reduce pesticide use.

Life’s a Beech: Bleeding Canker and its Control on European Beech
Dr. Shawn C. Kenaley a Visiting Fellow in School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University, Ithaca will discuss Phytophthora - one of the most ecologically and economically damaging plant pathogens of herbaceous and woody plants. With increasing frequency since the mid-1980s, disease caused by at least five Phytophthora species has been associated with the mortality of countless mature European beech (Fagus sylvatica) (>100 yr-old) in arboreta, public gardens, and private landscapes in NYS and elsewhere in the Northeast. In this session Dr. Kenaley will review the symptoms of bleeding canker, examine the epidemiological factors permitting spread and intensification of disease, and discuss chemical control options in disease management. It will include discussion of NY field studies, including findings related to the effectiveness of phosphite fungicide(s) on eradicating Phytophthora spp.

To register: call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County, 585-461-1000.

2014 Calf and Heifer Congress
"Birth to Breeding"

December 10-11, 2014
RIT Inn and Conference Center
5257 West Henrietta Road
Henrietta, NY 14467 (located off Exit 46 of New York State Thruway

Topics include:
December 10: Pre-conference Evening Program & Panel Discussion:
• How to Raise Calves Successfully on Automatic Calf Feeders
    Jan Ziemerink, Forster-Technik North America. Jan is passionate about robotic feeding systems and     their benefit to calves. He has over twenty years of experience with this technology and group raised calves from his work in Europe and North America.
• Facilitated Q&A interaction between Jan Ziemerink and the audience.

Conference, December 11:
• Using Knowledge of Calf Behavior to Reduce Stress, Improve Weaning Success and Performance
   Dr. Trevor DeVries, University of Guelph
• Calving Management – Training, Procedures and Calf Challenges
   Dr. Mark Thomas, Countryside Veterinary Clinic, Dairy Health & Management Services
• Research Updates
• Respiratory Disease – Assessment and Impact
   Dr. Terri Ollivett, University of Wisconsin
• Advances in Heifer Nutrition
    Dr. Fernando Soberon, Shur-Gain USA
• Heifer Reproduction Programs, Technologies and Economics
    Dr. Julio Giordano, Cornell University
• Genetic Reproductive Traits – Using Genomics and Daughter Pregnancy Rates
    Dr. Kim Egan, CRI-Genex with a moderated producer/presenter panel discussion to follow
• Facilitated Panel Discussion on Heifer Reproduction Speakers
   Invited Producers and Audience

Pre-Conference Dinner/Program and Conference (Full Day) is $225.00 by November 28, 2014.
   After November 28 fee is $275.00.
Pre-Conference Dinner/Program is $60.00
Conference (Full Day) is $165.00 by November 28, 2014.
    After November 28 fee is $215.00
One copy of the conference proceedings, breaks and meals are included with registration.
To Register on-line

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